Nebraska 68

(9-8, 3-4 Big 12)

Texas Tech 84

(12-5, 4-2 Big 12)

    1:45 PM ET, January 29, 2005

    United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas

    1 2 T
    NEB 22 4668
    TTU 32 5284

    Top Performers

    Nebraska: M. Neal Jr. 11 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Texas Tech: M. Zeno 22 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast

    Texas Tech 84, Nebraska 68

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech beat Nebraska 84-68 on Saturday afternoon, but not every Red Raider was satisfied with the victory.

    Tech coach Bob Knight said he wasn't too thrilled that his team gave up twice as many points in the second half as in the first.

    "In the first half our defense pushed us toward being in control but our offense kept that from happening," Knight said. "We have a lot to work on with our offense."

    Martin Zeno scored a career high 22 points as Tech (12-5, 4-2 Big 12) led most of the way.

    The Red Raiders built a 40-26 lead with 16:12 remaining in the game before Nebraska used a 8-0 run in a three-minute span to cut the deficit to 40-34. Tech committed six fouls and a turnover in that same period.

    But the Cornhuskers then went cold, missing on five straight shots from the field. An 11-5 Tech run ensued with Zeno getting six of those to give the Red Raiders some breathing room, up by 51-39 with 9:31 remaining.

    The Cornhuskers (9-8,3-4) couldn't put together a big enough rally to pull closer than 71-63 with 1:39 remaining after a 3-pointer by Joe McCray and a fast-break basket by Jason Dourisseau.

    Five Tech players were flawless from the free throw line, and the team made 30 of 35 of them.

    "Two points from the free-throw line counts just the same as a bucket," Knight said. "I have always felt that free throws are an extremely important part of the game. Tonight it really worked to our advantage."

    Cornhuskers coach Barry Collier agreed.

    "I don't think you want to get into a free throw shooting contest with those guys as well as they shoot the ball," he said. "We dug ourselves a hole by not executing in the first half, and we fouled them in the middle of the second half."

    Both teams had four players in double figures.

    Jarrius Jackson scored 18, Devonne Giles had 14 and Ronald Ross had 11 for Tech.

    Ross hit on only 3-of-8, or 38 percent, from the field. That's well below the sizzle he's shown in the past seven games. In those games Ross shot 68 percent from 3-point range and 66 percent from the field.

    Dourisseau and McCray each scored 12 points, while Jake Muhleisen and Marcus Neal each added 11 for the Cornhuskers.

    When Nebraska last came to Lubbock two years ago, Knight got his 800th career win in a 75-49 victory.

    Saturday's win was No. 844 for Knight, who's in his 39th season coaching Division I teams. He needs 36 wins to top North Carolina's Dean Smith, who retired with 879.

    Tech led 32-22 at halftime. Jackson got seven points for Tech during a 15-2 run midway through the half to put the Red Raiders up 19-9.

    They were aided by poor shooting and sloppy play by Nebraska. The Cornhuskers hit on only 8-of-26 for 31 percent. Tech got 14 points off Nebraska's eight turnovers.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 68 84
    FG Made-Attempted 22-66 (.333) 26-55 (.473)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-24 (.208) 2-7 (.286)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-25 (.760) 30-35 (.857)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 16

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